Notice anything different? Yep, a brand new look. I was really not liking the previous design. I tried too hard, and it didn’t come out the way I wanted. I’ve realized that I just don’t have a knack when it comes to graphical layouts. So I decided to stick with what I’m good at; keeping it simple, sleek, and neat. It only took me 4 hours to put together. There’s a few things I still need to go over, but this should be the final look of things from here on out.
Good Blimey! is now 1 years old (it was started on October 5th, 2003.) In a year, I’ve learned a ton, especially when it comes to design, met a lot of greatfriendsonline, and discovered that breakdancing midgets is a scary sight, indeed.
For this theme, I decided to give it a lighter, more humorous feel. I’m a person full of silliness and laughs, why not embody that in my own personal blog? The colors are soothing, and there is plenty of whitespace to ensure easy reading.
Just spotted this CSS Optimizer service at Flumpcakes that should prove useful. It shaved off 2kB off my CSS file. While not a lot, it certainly adds up over time. Pretty nifty, although if you don’t use the pretty print feature (turning it off compresses even more), be sure you keep a local copy that is readable to edit.
For one thing, web standards has taught me that it is important to keep everyone in mind. Web standards teaches us to follow a set guideline to achieve the best results. If you adhere to those guidelines, you please the majority of the people that view your website. It has taught me to care about what I do with my designs, and to pay attention to details that are usually overlooked. It has taught me to view a webpage, not as a designer, but as a visitor visiting for the first time with wide eyes. This alone has taught me that certain choices I make are not so wise, such as a preference to a certain color, or preference for a certain browser, and so on.
Web standards has taught me values of pleasing the demographics that you interact with. This has helped me in real life, as I’ve noticed things when visiting businesses and stores that I didn’t before. Usage of signs, for example. One store I visited, had a sign that was very hard to read, using fancy fonts that noone is familiar with, in a section of the store that didn’t see many customers (Mexican food isle). When I mentioned it to the manager, he fixed it and used a legible font, moved the sign near the front and in plain view as you walk in, and 2 weeks later thanked me as business for the particular product that he was selling has grown substantially.
Web standards has also taught me that there is a large community of people out there that feels the same way I do. That, to me, is what standards should be all about; beneficial to everyone.